NXS: Surprise; J.J. Yeley Tops the Charts in Lone Kentucky XFINITY Series Practice

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SPARTA, Ky. — Report by Race Chaser Online Associate Editor Kyle Magda — Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America photo —

After waiting all day to get on track, a Sprint Cup Series driver emerged at the top of the practice sheets for the Kentucky 300. But, it wasn’t one of the usual double-dippers.

J.J. Yeley turned the fastest lap of the session at 30.863 seconds (174.967 mph) in his No. 28 JGL Racing Toyota. This isn’t the first time Yeley has shown speed in practice, as the Phoenix, Arizona native posted quick times in both practices three weekends ago at the Chicagoland Speedway.

Yeley went out early in the session when the track was still green after all-day rain hampered all on-track activity at Kentucky Speedway. There were five drivers who eclipsed the 174 mph mark, including three Richard Childress Racing drivers. Ty Dillon (second) and last fall’s Kentucky winner Brendan Gaughan (174.526 mph) slotted in right behind Yeley, before 2013 July winner Brad Keselowski broke up the RCR party in fourth (174.222 mph). Paul Menard makes his return to the series for the first time since Michigan and was fifth-quick (174.137 mph).

Brian Scott was one of the early cars to go out and was loose during his first run. He led the most laps last weekend at Daytona and posted the ninth-fastest time at 31. 232 seconds (172.9 mph).

A few, brave drivers took first to the 1.5-mile track after some drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NXS points leader Chris Buescher reported there were some weepers around the track.

Regan Smith led the JR Motorsports trio in practice in 13th (172.018 mph), with defending NXS champ Chase Elliott (171.958 mph) right behind Smith. Earnhardt was 16th (171.211 mph) in his first time back in an NXS car since April at Texas.

There were only two Fords in the top-10 with Keselowski and Darrell Wallace Jr. (eighth). Buescher was 15th (171.554 mph). All 40 cars took time in the session.

The XFINITY Series won’t see the track again until Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Brad Keselowski is the defending pole-sitter.

 

RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series; Kentucky 300 Practice; Kentucky Speedway; July 9, 2015

  1. J.J. Yeley
  2. Ty Dillon
  3. Brendan Gaughan
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Paul Menard
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Erik Jones
  8. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  9. Brian Scott
  10. Daniel Suarez
  11. Elliott Sadler
  12. Ryan Reed
  13. Regan Smith
  14. Chase Elliott
  15. Chris Buescher
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  17. Brennan Poole
  18. Ross Chastain
  19. John Wes Townley
  20. Dakoda Armstrong
  21. Landon Cassill
  22. Ryan Sieg
  23. Jeremy Clements
  24. Cale Conley
  25. Harrison Rhodes
  26. Timmy Hill
  27. Eric McClure
  28. Blake Koch
  29. David Starr
  30. Jeff Green
  31. Tyler Young
  32. Joey Gase
  33. B.J. McLeod
  34. Peyton Sellers
  35. Derek White
  36. Derrike Cope
  37. Morgan Shepherd
  38. Josh Reaume
  39. Mike Harmon
  40. Ryan Ellis

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